Court: Proponents of California gay-marraige ban can defend it
Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rally in San Fransisco, California, in August 2010.
November 17th, 2011
01:33 PM ET

Court: Proponents of California gay-marraige ban can defend it

The California Supreme Court ruled that "official proponents" of California's Proposition 8 - which defines marriage as being only between one man and one woman - can defend the ballot initiative in court when public officials refuse to do so.

This means a federal court fight over the constitutionality of same-sex marriage can continue.

Proposition 8 was approved in a California 2008 ballot, setting up a federal lawsuit by various gay couples seeking to wed. State leaders including current Gov. Jerry Brown have refused to defend the law in court, setting up the debate over who could defend Proposition 8.

Charles Cooper, attorney for Proposition 8's ballot sponsors, had said the official sponsors should be allowed to step in when the state refuses to defend such measures. The conservative group has been leading the legal fight to defend the initiative.

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  1. Marlee

    No, ma'am, I am not. You are. What is your idea of what it is to be human? That which conforms to YOUR view on it?

    November 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marlee

    What Sandusky did isn't what two people in love do...but it just furthers the idea that you really have no understanding at all about affairs of the heart.
    If you don't understand a human's basic need for love and acceptance for who they are, you are just as inhuman as the people you are hating against.

    November 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Sandusky is a typical hom$s$xual.

      November 19, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      joey described himself as born straight. Straight which describes an act. This is really stupid for a newborn can make no such declarations nor engage in any such act...this error is intentional to facilitate gender rejection and annihilation and to promote an improper cause.

      November 19, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Sandusky was mentioned for Marlee your logic would free any deviant crimminal: denying or redefining truth, moral relativism, and preaching tolerance for disordered, depraved desires.

      November 19, 2011 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marlee

    "you are just as inhuman as the people you say are that you're hating against."

    November 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mylifemyway

    "If you hate gays so much then start telling straight people to stop making gay babies"

    November 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. *cosmicvox*

    politically correct Flapdoodle

    November 18, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Robert

    Gay behavior has been considered abhorrent, anti-social deviant behavor since the beginning of civilization by all races and cultures. We need to accept them as human beings, but we should not encourage the behavior.

    November 19, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      it is not incidental that they was found centered and front in Nazi regime and the power behind its movement.

      November 19, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    There is no scientific evidence to support the pro-gay lobby's claim that hom$s$xual behavior is innate. Yes, some studies have shown hormonal differences, but there is no proof of causality. That is, did the hormonal differences cause the hom$s$xual behavior or did the hom$s$xual behavior cause the hormonal differences or is there just some related link.

    We cannot make a scientific judgment because there is no way to create a control group in real life.

    The so-called scientific claims and evidence are just distortions of reality by the pro-gay lobby groups. Don't believe them.

    November 19, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robert

    Approximately 50% of ped$phile acts committed by h$mos$xuals.
    Here's the math: Close to 50% of ped$phile acts occur to boys. Almost all ped$phile acts are committed by males.
    Therefore hom$s$xuals commit almost 50% of the total pedophile acts, yet they only represent 3% – 4% of the population; they commit these acts more than 10x their respective percentage of the population.

    November 19, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    Hom$s$xuality – a chosen lifestyle. Be$stiality – a chosen lifestyle. Ped$philia – a chosen lifestyle. Feelings may partly be innate, but engaging in these acts are choices

    November 19, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mirosal

    So just what IS this "ProtectMarriage" organization? Are they even based in California? And which church is backing them?

    November 19, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
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